MSU to start moving students to new email service in June

Michigan State University is transitioning student email to Microsoft Office 365 beginning with new undergraduate students that start MSU in June 2015.

Returning undergraduate students (those that began with MSU prior to June 8) will transition to Office 365 in the fall 2015.

An MSU student uses a laptop in a study room on campus.

About Office 365

Office 365 is hosted by Microsoft and can be accessed anywhere on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. The initial deployment at MSU will include email and calendaring, contacts, Outlook, and mobile access.

Other benefits include:

  • Improved web interface
  • Calendaring, collaboration, instant messaging, and video chat services
  • Attachment size up to 25MB
  • Ongoing updates and patches for enhanced security

What to expect

Email addresses won’t change. The way students access email also won’t change.

On June 8, individuals will log into mail.msu.edu with their NetID and password and be redirected to the mail system of record based on their role. For example, a new undergraduate student logging in will be directed to the Office 365 interface. An existing student will enter the normal MSU email interface.

In fall 2015, a migration plan will be communicated to returning undergraduate students to assist them in transitioning any email if they use an outside client (e.g., Outlook, Eudora) to Office 365. All other MSU students will transition to Office 365 following the undergraduate student transition.

After that, MSU will consider opening Office 365 to interested academic and administrative units. (Read more in the Office 365 FAQs.)

If you have questions, contact (517) 432-6200 or itserve@msu.edu.